Wednesday, March 12, 2014

balance | an update



my word i chose for 2014 is balance. you can read all about it here.

we are now two months into 2014, and i did gain some balance in certain areas of my life. my husband & i did whole 30 & achieved a balance in our eating habits. which we are going to stick with as much as we can throughout the year(s).

we have also been intentional about going out on dates as much as we can and achieving some balance with "us" time. some ways we are doing this is through 52 dates in 52 weeks & passport to fun!

we have also been balancing our budget better lately. february was our best month yet & it's the month we did whole 30 - so you can eat healthy & not spend tons of money!

however, when i originally picked the word i was very exhausted from a very FULL year. because of this, i may have imagined a stress free world where everything is perfectly balanced. a comfortable world. but, that's just not life. the past two months have been anything but perfectly balanced and i'm sure the next ten months will be the same.

my job is as busy as ever causing me to sometimes work over the weekends or bring my work home with me at night. it seems like our weekends just get booked & sometimes we can't even get our laundry done or dishes washed over the weekend. the little free time we do have we are not spending well because we're so exhausted. my to-do list just continues to grow with each day that passes.

but you know what?  I have felt more balanced even in the midst of all the chaos.

the word balance means something new to me now. i cannot make my life balanced through my own strength. balance comes from standing on the solid ROCK. when i cultivate my relationship with the Lord & make time with Him a priority - everything seems to flow from there. He is the true balance that i need and when i give my time, to-do list, and priorities over to Him, He fills in all the blanks.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Matthew 6:33-34

what has God taught you so far this year? 
how are you being challenged?


18 comments:

  1. Great minds think alike! I wrote about finding balance today too. :) I think that it is always going to be a work in progress and as long as you make the effort, then you are on the right path. :D

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  2. ahh cool!!! :) yes i definitely believe it will always be a work in progress!! it helps to be intentional in the areas that i can to achieve a balance of some sort!

    p.s. i looked on your disqus profile to click the link to your blog and i didn't see it! just wanted to let you know so you could add it if you want! :)

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  3. Such good insight! I completely agree that even in the chaos if we are connected to Jesus he works things out.

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  4. Love this! Balance is a beautiful word.....and something that I think we'll all be striving for! I am glad that you have been working hard at it and able to find some balance in eating, health, time, and finances. My husband and I just got married in January- and are definitely working at balancing things! Figuring out how to do life together, how to be wise in decisions, and how to love the Lord together. Thanks for sharing this Robyn!
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  5. I'm so glad you're finding balance in your life! That's so increadibly important!!!

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  6. Love this, what a great word for the year! My word is DO and it's been awesome so far!
    Hope your year continues with balance!

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  7. Yes! I remember you telling me that balance comes from standing on the Rock. I loved that visual and have been using it in my own life. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. ahh cool!! :) yeah that analogy is definitely something that hit me hard & it's been a great reminder through this chaotic year! :)

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  9. thank you sweet friend!! :) Do is a great word as well!!! and you are living that out right now in Cali! hope you're having a great time!!!

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  10. thank you friend!! it is so important & has helped relieve some stress! :)

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  11. thank you, Amy! you are so right - i think everyone will strive for this each year of our lives! oh wow!!! congrats on being a newlywed!! it is SO hard to balance everything right at first because lots of aspects of your life change so drastically all at once!! we have only been married 10 months and we still struggle with it! which i think we always will, but things are starting to settle down a bit more now which is nice! we had a rollercoaster of a first year of marriage with tons of changes! but it is just so exciting!!! thank you for your kind words, friend!!

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  12. thanks Chelsea! i feel like i mention it in like every post i write! lol but it has been SO fun! :)

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  13. thank you Beka! :) you are always such an encouragement to me!! i love that even though life will always be chaotic - that Jesus will always be leading me through it! i think this is from a song but i always think about this quote: "sometimes He calms the storm & sometimes He calms His child" - i feel like even though right now the storm is raging on, He is calming me!

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  14. That's awesome that you're actually sticking with your theme for the year, that even in the midst of busyness you've been able to feel balance in your life!

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  15. this is my first year to choose a word for the year & it's been so neat to keep the theme up & really just be intentional in thinking about balance! :)

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  16. This is so true! I have to constantly remind myself that if I put God center my life everything else falls into place and is much easier to handle.

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  17. it's so crazy how it's something so simple, yet i often don't do it! things are always so much better when my focus is on Him! :)

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